Bumped Jesus II
The start was exciting. Despite (or perhaps because of) Jon specifically telling me not to do it, I found myself watching the chain as it went taut and I felt the boat swing around. But there was nothing I could do about that, so I waited for the gun. First stroke was dodgy - boat not very balanced - but after that it seemed to go well. The first horn didn't come soon enough, but once it was there, and the one minute pain barrier had been breached, the race seemed to fly by, and we were on three horns after grassy. Powering down Plough Reach, I was surprised not to be able to hear Jesus II splashing around, but this was probably down to the noise our significant bank party was making. In a classic Ditton manoevre, we sneaked into the inside and got them on the corner. Hoorah. Celebration occured a little early and we should have cleared faster. I learnt how to make a hat out of foliage. Neil had trouble breathing so he threw my water bottle in the river. No matter. Bring on Thursday.
This was a great race to watch. The boys had a very neat start, but Jesus did well to hold them roughly on distance up First Post Reach from the start at Little Bridge. From the Head station onwards 1st and 3rd very gradually reeled them in and enjoyed their neat but hard earned bump rounding Ditton. Meanwhile the four or five crews directly ahead were all rowing long races too.....
Bumped Chrst's II
It had been decided that the row against Jesus II, whilst producing the goods, had been a little too unsustainable; therefore we decided to go for a longer race strategy, as we knew we were faster than them. This was probally done a little too well....
We had a good start, closed *reasonably* consistently to about half a length off at Ditton. Christ's then put in a good push, pulling away slightly (to ~3/4 l). We then decided to take as long as possible rowing them down, eventually hitting them at the Railway bridge.